Mitt Romney’s political machine is still impenetrable, still silent.
It is, at least, if you’re sitting in Sandusky.
So far, I cannot uncover the magical paths that lead to human contact with Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
Even his website dead ends at an email interface.
It’s been roughly three months since I first reached out to the Romney’s camp via the Internet. Apparently, there’s nobody behind that wall, reaching back to small-town reporters named Emil.
With no response, on Monday I tossed out another Hail Mary.
“Your submission has been received by Romney for President,” came an automatic response to an email I submitted. “Thank you for your interest.”
My conviction that Romney’s campaign has no time for poor journalists grows with each of my fruitless endeavors.
I have yet to hear from a live person wearing a “Romney for President” pin.
I realize there are more than just a few people who would like to meet with Mitt, but that’s not necessarily the only thing I’d settle for at this point.
If Mitt’s volunteer picked up the phone, I’d be happy.
If I could talk to his Ohio headquarters press secretary, I’d be elated.
If his spokesperson calls me, I’d be shocked.
That said, it’s a shame challenger Rick Santorum checked out of the nomination race.
I had invested a lot of time getting a hold of him, and I was actually excited to interview him.
Not that I agree with Santorum’s politics — or his seeming inability to separate religion from politics — but at least I got a chance to talk to his Ohio representative.
That was something.
Each presidential election year the Register chooses two reporters to keep tabs on the national candidates and attempt to reel them in for a visit to our fine Northern Ohio home. This year reporter Andy Ouriel is following President Barack Obama's re-election campaign while reporter Emil Whitis gives his attention to the GOP race and probable candidate Mitt Romney. They update readers regularly on their progress in a series we call "Chasing the President."